October 14, 2017
Spectacular match by Tokushima Vortis against Gifu, also a team with a clear offensive vocation. This resulted in a constant flow of goal opportunities, with the goalies of both teams signing great saves. For the visitors, Hasegawa had two saves of great merit, both in key moments to help his team to conquer a major victory in this end of the season, where every game has turned into a final for Tokushima Vortis.
An attitude that the players of Ricardo Rodriguez reflect on the pitch, always giving everything they have. The match against Gifu started with a fast pace, with the locals creating good plays among the defence of Tokushima Vortis. Furuhashi, forward of Gifu, could put his team in the lead with a header but the goal was called off by the referee after deciding that the ball had gone out prior to the crossing by the right winger of Gifu. Tokushima Vortis was quick to respond with a shot from Uchida from outside the box that was cleared by the local goalkeeper. Hereafter the goal chances for Tokushima Vortis came one after another. However, the goal would not arrive in the first half, largely due to the saves by Victor, goalkeeper of Gifu. The best of them came in a header from Uchida that Victor saved with a great stretch. Without a doubt one of the best saves of the season.
Tokushima Vortis broke the wall shortly after commencing the second half, in the 47th minute, with Uchida again as protagonist. The left wing took advantage of an error of the defence of Gifu to score with a nice shot with his left foot over the exit of the goalkeeper. A great goal for the best player of the match. A new error of the local defence allowed a counterattack for Watari, but his shot went out over the crossbar. An error that almost cost the tie for Tokushima Vortis. Hasegawa saved again, first with a quick exit to block the shot of Namba and then with a brilliant save to the shot from outside the box of Furuhashi. Iwao closed the game when the match was heading to an end, and scored the 0-2. He scored in a perfect free-kick with his right foot in the 89th minute to add three more points for Tokushima Vortis, that now reaches 60 points and remains in sixth place. Fifth is Matsumoto Yamaga F.C with 61 and seventh Tokyo Verdy, also with 60 points. There are only five matches left, and next rival is Roasso Kumamoto, a team from the lower part of the table that is fighting to secure a place in Japan League 2.